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Acura TL Accessories and Modifications
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the 06 comes with tire pressure sensors...
If I buy new wheels will this interfer ?
I don't want to buy the wheels then find out from the wheel guy that
something is wrong.
The question is, can the sensors from the old wheels be reinstalled on the new wheels. The new rims on the 06 are slightly different from the previous models and you can see the cutouts by the valve stem.
Check with your Acura service manager and ask if the optional rims for 06 also have this cutout and if the sensors need special rims. I would be surprised if they do.
Hi All You TL Owners!
I'm leaning away from getting the splash guards. I'm going with the White Diamond Pearl and think the black spash guards stand out a bit too much. Are they really worth it? I currently have a white civic and I haven't really had problems with chips and scratches.
Any input is appreciated!
I owned a Pearl White Mazda Millennia and now a White Diamond Pearl 03 TLS.
They both sported the black splash guards and it looked perfectly fine.
The major purpose of these is to protect the cars paint from all the salt and sand that gets kicked back fron the wheels.It also prevents tiny rocks form hitting the guys windsheild that's behind you.
what type of window tint do others recomend ?
I don't want to go with limo black but something fairly dark would do.
Any thoughts ?
I am would like to know your opinion about the 3M Clearmask and any product that will protect paint. Is the Clearmask worth the cost and has anyone applied the product? I've heard there is a product that will protect your paint and make cleaning easier. Is this the Scotchgard product? Is it expensive? Where can you have it applied?
My 2006TL w/Navi is due Nov.9th and planning a trip to San Francisco/Saucilito on the 19th. Would like to have my car protected before the trip.
Thanks for all of your tips and comments. I think you've taught me more than the dealer knows.
Installation is done by many tint shops, as well as speciality installers.
I had just my hood and fender covered for a few hundred dollars. It took about 1 hour. The bumper would be double the price, and close to the cost of repainting it completely.
you might want to check ebay and do a search. i bought my genuine acura all weather mats on ebay and saved about $50.00. i believe there are two colors: black and caramel. hope this helps :shades:
check on ebay. i got genuine acura all weather mats and saved $50.00 vs. buying from the dealer i.e. if you are looking to buying genuine acura mats.
What will be different with each phone is the amount of information that the TL can get from the phone. My Motorola V551 only provides signal strength, not battery level and some other indicators.
I know there has been a lot of discussion regarding the ipod music link in this forum But I thought I would share what my Acura Parts guy told me today. He said that the ipod music links should be in towards the end of December give or a take a week or two. Also, the dealers can start placing orders for the units. The price is right around 220.00 and it calls for one hour of labor to install. He guaranteed me that they would work with all of the 2006 TL’s (sorry no word for the 04, 05’s yet) and that the Acura part managers would start knowing a lot about this product because if the dealer orders at least six units together then there is an ipod that will be shipped with the music link units for display purposes (AKA a free ipod for the parts manager). I have him holding a unit for me as soon as it comes in. I will post on the install process as soon as I have the info.
Each lens cover comes off easy, use a sharp knife edge and pry the cover off carefully... the door lens come off without any tools, just use your hands.
# Acura Unveils iPod Music Link Accessory
iPod Your Car
Starting in early-January, American Honda will be offering the Acura Music Link as an accessory for all 2006 Acura RL, TL, MDX, and TSX models. The Acura Music Link enables the driver to plug in their Apple iPod for a direct interface to their vehicle audio system.
Some of the features and benefits of the Acura Music Link:
* Charges iPod battery while connected to the Acura Music Link
* iPod digital audio through vehicle sound system, not FM modulated
* Full Acura factory warranty, 4 years/50,000 miles
In addition, the Acura Music Link will be the first system to offer synthesized audio voice feedback when using the vehicle audio system to search for artist name, album title, genre, or play list on your iPod.
Suggested retail pricing for this Acura Music Link will be approximately $330, including dealer installation charge.
No word on whether information about the music being played will show up on the Navi screen? Or whether the iPod can be controlled using the buttons on the steering wheel?
Well the Acura website now says that the iPod integration lets you control the iPod using the CD changer controls of the audio system, and allows you to skip songs using the controls on the steering wheel. So my questions are at least partially answered.
I tried searching but was not able to find much information.
What kind of roof rack do you use? What do you recommend?
Thanks in advance!
First I went to see what other aftermarket solutions I could find. Typically I was told I would have to unplug the XM receiver if I wanted to plug in the iPod. No Good. Correct info?
The Acura nav system is an Alpine unit. On Alpine's product web site, they only have one model. Also, they only have one monitor interface adapter switch to go with it (VPA-B211A). Here's what Alpine says about their adapter followed by the web address:
•Alpine Graphical Interface Display
•QuickSearch (iPod, Satellite Radio, MP3 files)
•2 Auxiliary Inputs
•Dedicated Rear View Camera
•Dedicated Navigation Input
"Now you can get iPod, Satellite Radio, Navigation or even 5.1 multi-channel DVD music from your factory installed video monitor. If you love the look of your factory video in-dash, but wish it had more functionality and better sound then VehicleHub is for you."
Alpine VPA-B211Alink title
Sounds good to me. Sounds like one may already be in the 2005 TL's w/Nav. But that's all the information they have on their products.
They do refer to the adapter as "VehicleHub". A quick google of that name sends you to among others, Alpine Europe (better information), detailing the KCA-420i iPod adapter unit. Hell, they provide a diagram on how to hook it all up.
Alpine Europe VehicleHub
The KCA-420i is available from Apline dealers or Crutchfield.com for $90.
So there you have it: Alpine Nav, Alpine adapter switch supporting XM, nav, ipod, etc. (the correct model may already be in the car), and the ipod kca-420i switch that interfaces with the ipod to provide on-screen integration.
The only thing missing is the Acura software update to tie-in the handsfree voice recognition system. A crack for that is next on my list, but if it works through the nav screen/monitor, I'm good. I'm skeptical of the voice systems capabilities anyway. Likely limited to "iPod, skip track" or "iPod, play play list one".
Anyone try this solution yet?
So does anyone have experience with these products in an acura with a
Most of the accessory is pretty easy to install except for the rear spoiler where you have to replace the springs in the trunk due to the weight. You definitely need a special tool made to remove the springs.
I did save a ton of money by purchasing it from dealers listing their products on ebay. Of course the installation charges are free.
The price difference on the parts could be substantial therefore, in my opinion you will still even if you hire someone to install them. Dealer costs are ridiculous.
My 06 TL is at the dealer right now having the iPod integration installed and I should pick it up tomorrow... I picked up the kit yesterday and the installation instructions are 9 pages long and very involved. You have to take the entire dash apart. I started the install myself but gave up after breaking the first two plastic clips I came to holding the glove box in. I'll post a review tomorrow after I get it back.
Acura's implementation of the Music is so crappy. Once your ipod is plugged into the link cable, it is charged via the car's power. You have to install a program that comes with the music link called Acura TTL. This program is basically a scriptting add on to itunes. Once you have all your songs on the ipod, you use this Acura program to basically index the artists and albums on the ipod. The program uses Windows XP's TTS (text to speech) voice to say each of your albums and each of the artists. It also says the letters a - z and all the numbers 0-9. The program records the voice of microsoft's TTS engine as little .mp3 files on your ipod - giving you a way to find albums etc through the stereo system in the car. Unfortunally the default microsoft voice (called sam) really sucks and is hard to understand. Ok, so once you go through this procedure (and by the way, the acura ttl program crashes on me constantly, not allowing me to index all the songs on my 60 ipod), you access the ipod in the car by pressing the dvd mode button on the stereo, pressing it once goes to the ipod, pressing it again goes back to the dvd-audio. When it is in ipod mode it lets you select different modes of the play, like find artist, find album, random play, etc. So say you want to listen to some Zztop. You select the find artist mode by changing the dvd-changer to disk 2 and press the seek button. Now the stereo will play the ipod's little .mp3's you recorded with the acura ttl program. It starts off by saying 'A', 'b', 'c', etc... you have to wait till it gets to 'z', then you press the seek button again, if you press it and hold it, it will cycle thru all the artists that being with 'z'. Once you find your artist that you want, it doesnt seem to be any way to select the sub albums underneath them. Well I am getting tired of typing. I hope this helps explain the system. I will be writing a complaint letter to Acura expressing my extreme dissatisfaction with the music link. In a nut shell, it is hard to understand the voice, takes forever to find the artist, album you want, and it is very non-user friendly (disk 1 = playlist, disk 2 = find artist, disk 3 = find album, disk 4 = random). I will be interested to hear what others think of this system. Oh, and voice commands do not work with it either.
Jimmyrice14 (HOF this week?)